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Fishing Information

South Platte River - Denver

103 cfs
5 mph
51 °F
Weather @SOUTH PLATTE BASIN - Updated January 16, 2022 - 1:06pm by OpenWeather

Current River Flow Updates

Latest update 1/13/22-

Flows are still low and gin clear. Not much happening in the way of shallow water, we have been finding feeding carp in the deep/slow stuff instead. Finding holding water during the winter can be challenging here. It is best to cover as much water as possible and fish during the brightest part of the day. Weighed bugger/craw imitations in #4-8 are still the go-to. We have even been seeing the occasional trout too- winter months are always a good time to hunt for them. Any buggy looking trout fly in size #14-16 is a good option here. Check out the suggested patterns below!

Historical River Flow

River Information

The Denver South Platte (or DSP) flows right through the heart of Denver and offers anglers the ultimate in urban fly fishing. The river is home to a wide variety of warm water fish, however, does hold trout in some of the upper sections. Without a doubt, no fish has put the DSP on the map more than the Carp. These ultra spooky fish have become a prime target for many of us here at the shop and have both frustrated and rewarded countless other anglers across this city and beyond. Aside from the Carp, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Suckers, Catfish and Walleye all reside in this waterway. The upper few miles, just downstream of C-470, north to Mineral Blvd, typically runs a little colder and holds the highest density of trout. This stretch is also undergoing stream renovations which should improve the quality of the trout fishery.

Seasonal Conditions

Fishable year round. The warmer months will be most productive for the warm water species here.

Additional River Information

South Platte River at Denver

SOUTH PLATTE BASIN River Gauge View Detailed Information

  • Flow 103 cfs
  • Wind 5 mph
  • Temp 51 °F
  • High/Low 34/52

River access

River access is plentiful throughout the entirety of this stretch of river. Anglers will find countless access spots from C-470 north to 104th St. Feel free to stop by the shop or give us a call for the most up to date report on what stretches are fishing best.

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